Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: January 23 @ 4:41pm
As the day of the next world's-greatest-thing-from-Apple-ever approaches, it's nice to remember a side benefit from this neverending march of progress... cheap(er) devices moving towards obsolescence and the transference of cameras from one to the next.

This summer Leica released a new-and-improved M9 digital rangefinder, meaning there were several people with means trading up, leaving a glut of the suddenly unloved M8's on the market.

Because of this, I happened to meet the previous owner of my camera by coincidence -- they were picking up their new and improved just as I had decided to take a risk on the old and busted.

It was interesting seeing the previous link in the chain, and sometimes I wonder where my camera has been that I may never get to see - South America? Africa? New Jersey? Cleveland?

And at the same time, will the previous owner ever know that his once-favorite tool has been used to document a beard-growing contestant? Capture a cat's soul? Record the stresses and surprises of my wedding?

No matter how much I love the latest thing (and believe me, those M9's are sweet indeed) it's great knowing that every so often you can, if you avoid the shiny new bauble, grasp the connective tissue between you and other people's lives and experiences. Plus it's one less thing going into a landfill somewhere.

Comments

Pip says:
You have no idea how jealous I am right now.



Okay, you might have some idea.




It's a lot.
Posted: Jan 23rd, 2010 - 4:44pm -
Ploafmaster says:
MERCY
Posted: Jan 23rd, 2010 - 4:45pm -
K-Chance says:
Love. I'm in love.
Posted: Jan 23rd, 2010 - 5:03pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Lucky!
Posted: Jan 23rd, 2010 - 6:19pm -
Childress says:
Great thoughts indeed.
Posted: Jan 23rd, 2010 - 7:27pm -
mynameisjason says:
that's a cool camera you got there.
Posted: Jan 23rd, 2010 - 9:11pm -
ThatGuy says:
I'm so ignorant of camera technology. I should probably do something about that.
Posted: Jan 26th, 2010 - 11:20am -
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